I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor & board-certified registered art therapist at Counseling & Art Therapy Center of Chicago
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL
I have a passion for and a great deal of experience working with high school, college, graduate school and professional individuals who are navigation major life transitions. Who am I, what do I want/need, and where am I going are a few of the major questions that clients are hoping to find answers to when they reach out to me for therapy. My areas of expertise and the approaches that I use in therapy are a natural fit for helping people experiencing the challenges related to life transitions.
I specialize in helping people find their strengths, passions, and their voice. Through talk therapy and art therapy, I help people identify and process thoughts and feelings and navigate their current challenges. Treatment approaches I use (CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, and art therapy) paired with my non-judgemental, warm, and caring approach offers people a safe space to be their authentic self and work through difficulties/stress/experiences while building skills and resources for managing symptoms.
Anxiety is the most common concern that people reach out to me for help with. As a result I have a great deal of experience treating anxiety and I have been highly effective in helping my clients with anxiety. Mindfulness, art therapy, talk therapy, CBT, DBT, and ACT are helpful and effective means for supporting anxiety. Through the previously listed modalities in treatment, my clients build coping skills, increase internal resources, and feel supported throughout the process.
I'm a dually educated and formally trained (Masters level) Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor. I'm a board-certified registered art therapist. I'm the founder of Counseling & Art Therapy Center of Chicago and I use both counseling and art therapy in sessions with clients. Clients choose whether they want to use art in therapy and I have a variety of art materials available to choose from for people to use during sessions.
I've taken many trainings in DBT, worked at a hospital that primarily utilized DBT, and I've learned a great deal on my own about DBT because I that DBT offers valuable and useful ideas, interventions, and skills. I integrate DBT into care with my clients when it is helpful. I have also worked with people who choose to utilize DBT interventions exclusively in our work together. I find that often, DBT is a natural choice and a valuable asset in treatment for the conditions I commonly treat.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of my favorite treatment approaches due to the focus on acceptance of what is, mindfulness practice, and an orientation toward values as the guide for action. Along the same lines as what I said about DBT, I find that often, ACT is also a natural choice and a valuable asset in treatment for the conditions I commonly treat. I tend to weave ACT principles and interventions into treatment frequently because of its alignment with my approach to therapy.